Rebecca is a stay at home mom and hairstylist by trade. She has one year post-secondary education from Briercrest Bible College and one year at Richards Beauty College. Becca joined the board in 2015, because she was aware of the positive impact United Way had on the community and surrounding area. This is an organization she wants to contribute to and be a part of to give back to those in need. Becca thinks of the Board as an awesome group of hard working dedicated members. There is no shortage of laughter which makes the meetings enjoyable to attend. Becca is also involved with the missions committee at her church, the Macoun Evangelical Missionary.
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Danny Ewen is the Director of Marketing & Operations with the Estevan Bruins Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club.
He joined the United Way Board in 2015. Danny is passionate about helping others through both fundraising and manual labour. “The United Way impacts so many people through our member agencies. So by helping the United Way reach and exceed their fundraising goal, I feel proud in helping thousands of people in one fell swoop.”
Patrick has been with United Way Estevan since 2010, including stepping up as President in 2017. Patrick is the Broadcast Technician with Golden West. He loves talking to the member agencies we help out, hearing the stories of their clients and learning about the great work they do in the city. He’s also involved with Estevan Motor Speedway, has done production for the Estevan Bruins, and he helps out with sound production for ECS musicals. Patrick married his wife, Jessica, in 2018.
Becca Foord is the Business Manager with Foord Trucking Ltd. She’s been on the Board since 2016, and currently holds the 1st Vice President position on the executive. Becca grew up with United Way through performing with her school and having family members on the board. She sees the impact the United Way has on our community. Becca also gives back through coaching girls’ softball and participating in the high school musicals. She loves to curl and play ball.
Born and raised in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Travis Frank has been involved in the community in many ways through organizations such as Estevan Idol, the Estevan Bible Camp, the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games, and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. He also sits as a member of Estevan City Council, having been elected in 2016. He is married to Dr. Amanda Olsen, and they enjoy spending the spare time that they have together with their dog, Dodger.
Wendy Gustafson is a social worker, and is employed with Saskatchewan Health Authority as an Assessor for Home Care. She joined the Board in 2010. Wendy has served on numerous boards including ECS School Community Council, Macoun Parks and Rec., Relay for Life, Chair of Chem Free Grad, and Board Secretary for Macoun Evangelical Missionary. Wendy says: “I love being a part of the United Way as I am passionate about the work we do - being blessed by being a blessing - working with people that share the same passion.” One of her favourite memories was getting so emotional watching Margaret Duncan’s little children holding hands and singing ‘You raise me up’ at our Telethon. That moment really captured what we are all about! Wendy is grateful and humbled to be able to serve on this Board and always amazed at the generous hearts of the people in this community and surrounding area!
2019 is an exciting year for Robert as he opened a new business, Lemon Wedge Marketing Group with his friend and business partner Melissa Deitz. He is also the president of the Souris Valley Theatre. United Way Estevan has played a huge role in his life from performing as a child, to volunteering as a teenager, and finally joining the board in 2016 when Robert became the Producer for Access 7 community television in Estevan. Since that time, he has had the pleasure of becoming a member of the UW family and working with our incredible board to find innovative ways of growing our support while staying true to our values and honouring our traditions. Robert has loved growing with the board for the past 3 years and is looking forward to many more!
Melanie joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is responsible for Customer Contracts & Invoicing
at SaskPower. Melanie has a Bachelor of Science Business Administration. She joined United Way, because it was time for her to volunteer and help out our community. Melanie enjoys working alongside the other Board members, and thinks of them as family! She loves making memories each year at the Telethon, and finds helping our member agencies rewarding. Melanie also enjoys being with family and friends, watching car races at local tracks including North Dakota, scrapbooking and baking. Melanie is a NASCAR enthusiast and Blue Jays fan.
Doug McDavid works at SaskPower as a Safety Specialist. He has been involved with SaskPower's United Way Workplace Campaign for years, encouraging coworkers to donate to the United Way Estevan. In 2008, at the urging of his coworker and previous board member Jim Warner, Doug joined the Board of Directors. Doug knows the importance of being active in his community and of giving back. In their spare time, Doug and his wife love to go on bike trips.
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Elizabeth is a Parts Counter Person at Finning Canada. She joined the Board of Directors in 2012. Elizabeth is also involved with the Estevan Motor Speedway. The reasons for her commitment to the United Way is so that she has a chance to vote about the kind of community and world we want to live in, it gives her a chance to give back to the community she believes in while empowering others to take part, and it allows her to grow real relationships while doing so. Her favorite thing about volunteering for United Way Estevan is the friendships she has made along the way. Elizabeth is proud to be a part of this great board and is grateful to give back to our community.
Sarah Rowe is new to Estevan and to the United Way. She is the Account Manager for Small Business at TD Canada Trust. She has an Architectural Technician Diploma from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario. Sarah joined the Board to give back to the community, and to help make a difference. Sarah has a love for animals, and adopts and rescues retired show dogs. She enjoys property management, design and interior decorating.
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Shelly Veroba joined the United Way Estevan board in 2015 because a friend and fellow board member nominated her. She is the Manager of Creighton Lodge, which is an enriched living complex for seniors. Shelly finds it a rewarding board to be a part of, as United Way Estevan helps the member agencies to continue the great things they do in our community. United Way relies on volunteers, which is why Shelly made the commitment to be on this board and to assist with the planning and delivery of both the annual Day of Caring and Telethon.
David Willberg is the editor for the Estevan Mercury and Southeast Lifestyles newspapers. He has been a member of the United Way Estevan’s board of directors since September 2006, but was introducted to the United Way several years earlier. The first article he wrote after moving to Estevan was on the preparations for the United Way’s telethon for that year, and when David covered the telethon for the first time, he realized it was a truly remarkable event that brings the community together.
David served as a host for the first time in 2004, and two years later, was elected to the board.
Many of his favourite memories of Estevan, both personally and professionally, are from experiences with the United Way, and he’s met some wonderful people thanks to the United Way.
The United Way brings out the best in the people of the Estevan area, and there are few causes in the community that unite us like the telethon. It raises money for our member agencies and community partners, who, in turn, are able to meet the needs of so many people in the community. The United Way has worked hard in the past decade to expand its services to the community through such initiatives as the Day of Caring, which helps hundreds of people each year, and the Community Impact Fund, which supports local organizations.